Party Leader's Address

Labour's 66th National Conference is now over. You can view Eamon Gilmore's address to conference from Saturday night below. You can also view the schedule and motions. You can even take part in an online vote on each motion.

For first time since crisis began, we can dare to hope again - Gilmore

"For first time since crisis began, we can dare to hope again", the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore told delegates at the party conference last night. 

"The progress we have made is due to the hard work and the endurance of the people of this country, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

"There is again a future.

"It is a future that belongs to everyone."

You can read the Tánaiste's speech from our media centre, or watch it back from the video. 

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Working Together - the story of the Labour Party in Government

The theme of the Labour Party conference 2013 was Working Together:

Working Together on behalf of the Irish people,
Working Together with our partners in Government to create jobs and build economic recovery,
Working Together as elected representatives, members, and supporters of the Labour Party.

Our team of Ministers at the Cabinet Table have also been working together to fix the mess we inherited from Fianna Fail, exit the bailout programme, and get our people back to work.

That task hasn’t been easy. But we have made enormous progress and on December 15th will say goodbye to the troika. The short video tells the story of how we went about that challenge.

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Century of Struggle and Achievement

At the Labour Party conference 2013 we marked the 100 year anniversary of the 1913 Lockout. Our party, trade unions, our members and our supporters, continue to draw inspiration from those events.

Over the 100 years since the Lockout, the Labour movement has contributed so much to the struggle for social and economic justice in Ireland. That struggle continues to this day through our work in Government in bringing Ireland out of the bailout.

This video captures the Labour movement's Century of Struggle and Achievement.

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Views from Conference Floor – Saturday afternoon

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Views from Conference Floor – Saturday afternoon, by Paul Deane 

This was a lively afternoon at conference, which saw a range of motions on housing and other areas of local government. After that came motions on party organisation, followed by motions on justice and equality. Passionate and sincere discussion followed on a range of justice issues, such as traveller rights, gender balance, and adoption legislation.

One of the highlights of the afternoon session was a motion calling on the Government to recognize the ethnic status of Irish Travellers. Irish Traveller Movement had lobbied successfully and articulately to convince delegates to support their motion, leafleting delegates throughout the hotel corridors.  Pavee Point also had a presence at conference.  It was encouraging to see that the campaign for ethnicity rights was driven by Travellers themselves, and they stressed that this was a question of their self-determination. Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin spoke in support of the motion, which was passed successfully to rounds of applause in the hall.

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